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Umiak

Research Project

Find ways in which flexibility is more useful (and better) than rigidity in product design.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 2 - Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details:  summarize the text.

Standard 3 - Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Standard 9 - Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgably.

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 - Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Standard 8 - Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from from claims that are not.

Standard 9 - Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 2 - Write infromative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Standard 7 - Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge thorugh investigation of different aspects of a topic.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informal texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

Standard 7 - Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

 

Object Analysis

Using the worksheet found in the sidebar, complete an object analysis of the umiak.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informal texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Write arguments to support claims with celar reasons and relevant evidence.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Reading for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 2 - Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source, distince from prior knowledge or opinions.

Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Classroom Discussion

The umiak design has been modified and improved over the years because of other cultures' vessel designs.  What are other examples of vessels or products improving because of cross cultural influences?  In the past?  In the present?  Do you think cultural influence happens more often today or in the past?  

Common Core State Standards Connections

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 3-5

Standard 9 - Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgably.

Reading for Informational Text, Grades 6-12

Standard 8 - Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

Standard 9 - Evaluate a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative disucussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.